Newell: Meeting Miyamoto was “cool”

By Patrick Garratt, Monday, 10 November 2008 07:46 GMT

In this interview with GameCareerGuide, Valve’s Gabe Newell said it was fun meeting Shigeru Miyamoto, but he wasn’t the first big-name developer to give him the shakes.

“Meeting Mr Miyamoto was very cool, but the first time I was star-struck was when I realized the person who was asking such thoughtful questions during my Half-Life presentation was Warren Spector,” he said.

Newell went on to say that Valve’s selection process for employees is largely based on three questions.

“I don’t want a protégé — I want a colleague,” he said. “There are three questions we ask ourselves when making hiring decisions that are relevant to this.

1) Would I work for this candidate?
2) What would I learn from this candidate?

3) How would I feel if this person went to work at a competitor?

“These questions are actually more invariant with respect to experience than you would think, and are often very clarifying.”

More through there.

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